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Can you get HIV and STIs from kissing?

Choose your answer: [SOME, YES] or [NEVER]

Answer: SOME, YES. Herpes is the only sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can be passed through kissing. This usually happens when one person has a sore on or around the mouth and then kisses another person.

HIV CANNOT be contracted through kissing. Specifically, HIV can be passed through:

  1. Blood
  2. Semen
  3. Vaginal fluid
  4. Rectal fluids
  5. Breast milk.

HIV is most commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse with a person living with HIV; through sharing needles during drug use; and from mother to child during pregnancy, birth or the breastfeeding period.

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